Time to Break Out the Winter Coat

The forecast called for the temperature to drop to 28° before daybreak this morning. The deer are ready with their winter coats. Note – check below the photo for some fun facts about their winter fur.

November 22, 2015 - Winter coat on deer in Bent Tree

November 22, 2015 – Winter coat on deer in Bent Tree (click photo for larger image)

  • The deer’s winter coat has amazing insulation properties
  • There are only about half as many “guard” hairs in the coat during the winter, compared to the number in the summer coat. But, each winter hair is at least twice as long and twice as thick as the summer hair.
  • Winter hair is kinked vs sleek hair in the summer.
  • The winter hair shafts are hollow so that air gets trapped inside, helping with insulation.
  • The winter coat is much darker than the summer one, and absorbs more solar energy.
  • There is also woolly underfur in the winter which traps warm air near the skin’s surface.
  • Adding even more to the insulation is the process of puffing the fur. There are actually tiny bundles of muscles attached to each hair shaft that cause the hair to stand on each, producing an even denser layer of insulation.


“Flipping Bent Tree”

“Flipping Bent Tree” seems like it would make a good HGTV show. There have been a couple of great flips this year alone, and a lot of the properties currently for sale have great potential for creative makeovers. It’s still a buyer’s market. The flip at 58 Tamarack Drive is a good example of what is possible. Less than a year ago (December 2014), it sold for only $65,000 after foreclosure. The house was built in 1973, had fallen into disrepair, but had character and was in a prime location on the golf course. After extensive renovation, the Mountain Contemporary house closed for $215,000 last month (October 2015).

58 tamarack

Flashback to 1977 – “Revenue Agents Raid Resorts”



Bent Tree has legally served beer and wine at the 19th Hole for years. And, a license to serve distilled spirits is in the works. But, back in 1977, Pickens was a dry county. The following quote is from a 1977 article in The Atlanta Constitution:

“At Bent Tree and at Big Canoe, which have clubhouses in dry Pickens County, state revenue agents and Pickens County sheriff’s agents raided the clubhouses, making three arrests at Bent Tree and five at Big Canoe.” - Journal-Constitution State News Service (1977, July 9). Revenue Agents Raid Resorts. The Atlanta Constitution, p. 3A

Click here for a previous post about an old still in Bent Tree.

Boats and Boots

  • Boat registration fees may be a thing of the past in Bent Tree next year (for everyone, not just for those paying the Annual General User Fee). Evidently, boat registration has been too difficult to enforce.
  • The new “vehicle boot fee” is listed as $75 on the proposed 2016 Fee Schedule.  Evidently, it is not going to be too difficult to enforce the changes made to the Rules and Regulations back in August regarding parking.
  • By the way, “Removal of a boot shall require prior payment by personal check, cashier’s check or money order made out to “Bent Tree Community, Inc. ” Payment in cash is allowed at the administration office during office hours.”

The Passionflower Vine

For two days this week, a passionflower photo was used as the header on this website. It was actually a different photo each day. Both photos (shown below) were taken in Bent Tree in September, of the same bloom, but on two consecutive days. The center part was turned downward the first day, and upward the next. The third photo below was taken of the same vine in mid-October, when the flowers were gone but fruit was still on the vine.

September 6, 2015 - Passionflower in Bent Tree

September 6, 2015 – Passionflower in Bent Tree (click for larger image)

September 7, 2015 - Passionflower in Bent Tree

September 7, 2015 – Passionflower in Bent Tree (click for larger image)

October 16, 2015 - passion fruit

October 16, 2015 – passion fruit



A President’s Perspective from 20+ Years Ago

It was twenty years ago, in 1995, that BTCI passed a CC&R amendment to allow for lot combinations with incremental assessment increases based on the number of lots in the combination. It was last month that BTCI passed a CC&R amendment that wiped out the “surcharge” on combinations.

Yesterday’s post showed how one board member will save $507 in assessments (before the new mandatory fees) next year due to this year’s amendment.

Following are a few quotes from 1994, when the ’94  BTCI Board President explained why combined lots should pay more than a single assessment:

  • We can not afford large numbers of combinations unless there is a way to recover part of the lost assessment.
  • Obviously, a lot one acre or larger will have more value that the half acre lots which are now typical.
  • The fair and reasonable answer is to leave present lot assessments where they are while adding a surcharge to lots which are greater than one acre.
  • Owners paying the surcharge win because they own a superior piece of property.
1994 President's Perspective

1994 President’s Perspective